As has become the norm for handsets these days, details on Nokia's latest smartphones first began appearing long before the official release - but here they are at last...
Flagship devices in their class, the models unabashedly stomp into BlackBerry territory offering HSDPA connectivity, A-GPS, WiFi and 3.2MP cameras as well as "grey steel" and "white steel" finishes.
In fact the main separator in this dynamic duo is their form factors with the E71 taking the full keyboard candybar approach and the E66 preferring to opt for the slider tact. Both are commendably slim however with the E71 measuring an iPhone beating 10mm thick while the E66 is just 13.6mm. Screen sizes vary a smidgen with the E71 offering a precise 2.36 inches and the E66 sporting a more typical 2.4 incher, though both have matching QVGA resolutions.
"The Nokia E71 and Nokia E66 were designed for people who lead a mobile lifestyle and want quick and easy access to their personal and work email," said Nokia Senior VP of Devices, Søren Petersen. "With both of these devices, we have responded to consumer feedback by making calendar and contacts available at the touch of a button. Equally important, people want well-crafted devices that are as beautiful to use as they are to behold."
For once we wouldn't argue too much with the marketing rhetoric here either since multimedia playback, microSD expansion slots and a stunningly good 10.5 hour and 7.5 hour talk times and 20 day and 14 day standby times are also provided by the E71 and E66 respectively.